In most cases, a pregnant woman's doctor is an obstetrician, according to the March of Dimes. An obstetrician is a physician who has specialized medical training in caring for women during pregnancy and childbirth as well as throughout the recovery process.
A pregnant woman may choose to rely on her family doctor to see her through her pregnancy and assist in delivering her baby, notes Family Education. Because family physicians are trained to handle a wide range of medical issues, some are comfortable caring for pregnant women and handling the process of childbirth and recovery. A family physician can also care for the newborn baby.
The March of Dimes notes that some women prefer to receive care from a certified nurse-midwife during pregnancy and childbirth. These licensed professionals are registered nurses with specialized training and experience in the processes of pregnancy and childbirth.